We are not finished with Jesus’ Prayer. This morning we will look at it’s parts in review. Next week we will dig into prayer related to forgiveness, spiritual warfare and God’s glory.
When I come to God in prayer I want to pray the way Jesus taught His disciples to pray. I want to come boldly but carefully. So, when you pray:
1. Our Father – take time to worship God for being a Father. Take time to acknowledge that He is in heaven and above you and your circumstances. Take time to recognize that He is worthy of your praise. Let’s enter his courts with praise!
2. In Heaven – reflect on where God dwells and where you are heading when you die.
3. Holy – take time to reflect to Him how awesome and holy He is. Think through His character and His names. This is a worship time for sure.
4. Kingdom – pray for His will to be done in your life, pray for the lost and pray for Jesus to return to earth.
5. Needs: pray for your needs and the needs to others.
6. Forgive: take time to confess sin and forgive others.
7. Temptation: pray to be protected from the evil one.
8. Glory: close in a time of praise to God’s glory.
Let’s look at the following Psalm as a prayer to praise God with.
Read: Psalm 138
1I will give you thanks with my whole heart.
Before the gods, I will sing praises to you.
2I will bow down toward your holy temple,
and give thanks to your Name for your loving kindness and for your truth;
for you have exalted your Name and your Word above all.
3In the day that I called, you answered me.
You encouraged me with strength in my soul.
4All the kings of the earth will give you thanks, Yahweh,
for they have heard the words of your mouth.
5Yes, they will sing of the ways of Yahweh;
for great is Yahweh’s glory.
6For though Yahweh is high, yet he looks after the lowly;
but the proud, he knows from afar.
7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me.
You will stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies.
Your right hand will save me.
8Yahweh will fulfill that which concerns me;
your loving kindness, Yahweh, endures forever.
Don’t forsake the works of your own hands.
How’s your heart toward the Lord today? Does He have your whole heart (v.1)?
What are you thankful for today (v.2)? Notice that David is thankful for God’s love and God’s truth. David was not just content with feeling he wanted to make sure he was thinking correctly.
Read that Psalm out loud.
Surrender your whole heart to God. Ask Him to live through you today.
Reflect on how God “encouraged” you this week (v.3)?
To close, listen to “Here I am to Worship” in the Worship Center below.
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